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Special Issue "Digital Technologies and Child Health"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Digital Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2021) | Viewed by 931

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Claudia Leong
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Guest Editor
Ara Institute of Canterbury, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Interests: child health; nutrition education; digital technology; gamification; behaviour change
Dr. Keri McCrickerd
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Guest Editor
Clinical Nutrition Research Centre, Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), National University Health System, Singapore 117609, Singapore
Interests: eating behaviour; appetite regulation; child development; nutrition; dietary learning

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Children are being born and growing up in this digital era. The application of digital technology in the nutrition and health sectors can benefit children, but this has been against a backdrop of concerns about accessibility, data protection and the impact on mental wellbeing, sedentary behaviour and exposure to food marketing. “Habits stick when they are developed from young.” This Special Issue will address the question of whether digital technology can be used to improve child health, specifically in the context of eating behaviours, nutrition education or physical activity. We would like to explore how digital technologies created through collaborative efforts from researchers in computer science, nutrition, psychology and behavioural sciences can enhance the way in which we study children’s nutrition and health behaviours and can promote the accessibility and application of innovative intervention strategies seeking to improve child health. The role of implementation science in the successful scaling and evaluation of such technologies is also of interest.

Papers addressing these topics are invited for this Special Issue, especially those combining a high academic standard coupled with a practical focus on providing and evaluating digital solutions for improving child health. We especially encourage the submission of interdisciplinary work and multi-country collaborative research. We welcome original research papers using different study designs as well as systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

Dr. Claudia Leong
Dr. Keri McCrickerd
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • eating behaviours
  • behaviour change
  • child health
  • nutrition education
  • digital health
  • e-health
  • m-health
  • innovative solutions

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An Online-Based Transition Care Program for Adolescents with Spina Bifida Using Intervention Mapping: A Protocol for Program Development
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(3), 1056; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19031056 - 18 Jan 2022
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Adolescents with spina bifida (SB) face challenges in their transition to adulthood due to intensive medical regimens and delayed development of independence. Despite an increasing interest in the transition of adolescents with SB to adulthood, the clinical evidence of transition care remains limited, [...] Read more.
Adolescents with spina bifida (SB) face challenges in their transition to adulthood due to intensive medical regimens and delayed development of independence. Despite an increasing interest in the transition of adolescents with SB to adulthood, the clinical evidence of transition care remains limited, and existing studies have focused on the effects of intervention programs. This study aims to describe the process of systematically developing an online-based transition care program for adolescents with SB using the intervention mapping (IM) protocol. IM consists of six steps: (1) logic model of the problem; (2) program objectives; (3) program design; (4) program production; (5) plan to implement the program; (6) plan for evaluation. At first, five problems faced during the transition were identified, based on which four program objectives and six program strategies were established. The online transition care program for adolescents with SB was developed as a six-week program. The main strength of this program is that it reflects the diverse perspectives of adults with SB and health care professionals and is easy to apply because it is online. We aim to further validate the feasibility of this transitional care program to evaluate its effect based on our evaluation plan. Full article
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